Founding Editors-in-Chief

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Elaine R. Mardis, PhD

Elaine R. Mardis, PhD is co-Executive Director of the Steve and Cindy Rasmussen Institute for Genomic Medicine at Nationwide Children’s Hospital and holds the Rasmussen Nationwide Foundation Endowed Chair of Genomic Medicine. She also is Professor of Pediatrics at The Ohio State University College of Medicine. Dr. Mardis was given the Morton K. Schwartz award from the American Association for Clinical Chemistry in 2016 and the Heath Memorial Award from MD Anderson Cancer Center in 2020. She was elected as a Fellow of the AACR Academy in 2019 and became a member of the National Academy of Medicine that same year. She previously served as the President of the AACR from 2019-2020 and has served in senior editorial roles for two AACR journals, Cancer Discovery and Molecular Cancer Research. Dr. Mardis has authored over 380 articles in peer-reviewed journals and has been listed since 2013 as one of the most highly cited researchers in the world by Thomson Reuters.


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Lillian L. Siu, MD

Lillian L. Siu, MD is a senior medical oncologist at Princess Margaret Cancer Centre and Professor of Medicine at the University of Toronto. She is the Director of the Phase I Clinical Trials Program and holds the BMO Chair in Precision Cancer Genomics. Dr. Siu is scientific committee cochair for this year’s AACR-NCI-EORTC Virtual International Conference on Molecular Targets and Cancer Therapeutics. She served on the Board of Directors for both the AACR (2017-2020) and ASCO (2012-2016). Dr. Siu was the Co-Chairperson for the 2012 AACR Annual Meeting Scientific Committee and for the Clinical Trials Committee from 2015 to 2017. Dr. Siu was the recipient of the 2010 US NCI Michaele C. Christian Award in Oncology Drug Development. In 2020, she was awarded the TAT Honorary Award for contributions in the development of anticancer drugs and also received the 2020 International Women Who Conquered Cancer Mentorship Award. She served in a senior editorial role for the AACR journal Cancer Discovery. Dr. Siu has published over 350 articles in peer-reviewed journals.


Senior and Associate Editors

Molecular and Cellular Biology:

Studies that investigate cancer-associated biochemical and molecular pathways and their influence on cell biology and carcinogenesis

Senior Editor:

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Maureen E. Murphy, PhD
The Wistar Institute
Philadelphia, PA, USA

Associate Editors:

Christine M. Eischen, PhD
Thomas Jefferson University
Philadelphia, PA, USA

Zhaohui Feng, PhD
Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey
New Brunswick, NJ, USA

Harikrishna Nakshatri, PhD
Indiana University School of Medicine
Indianapolis, IN, USA

Tumor Biology:

Studies that investigate the intercellular interactions and physiology governing tumor development and progression

Senior Editor:

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Edna Cukierman, PhD
Fox Chase Cancer Center
Philadelphia, PA, USA

Associate Editors:

Leila Akkari, PhD
Netherlands Cancer Institute
Amsterdam, Netherlands

Gareth Inman, PhD
Beatson Institute for Cancer Research
Glasgow, Scotland


Studies that investigate the immune system, its interactions with tumor cells, and opportunities to enhance the body's natural defenses against cancer

Senior Editor:

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Justin M. Balko, PhD
Vanderbilt University
Nashville, TN, USA

Associate Editors:

P. Brent Ferrell, MD
Vanderbilt University
Nashville, TN, USA

Zachary C. Hartman, PhD
Duke University
Durham, NC, USA

George Plitas, MD
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
New York, NY, USA

Emerging Technologies and Data Science:

Studies, methods, and large datasets that employ computational biology, high-throughput techniques, imaging, physical sciences, or engineering to investigate cancer biology

Senior Editor:

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Alexander Swarbrick, PhD
Garvan Institute of
Medical Research
Darlinghurst, Australia

Associate Editors:

Elana J. Fertig, PhD
Johns Hopkins University
Baltimore, MD, USA

Kaylene J. Simpson, PhD
Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre
Melbourne, Australia

Therapeutic Research and Development:

Translational studies that investigate molecular targets, lead compounds, and experimental therapies in a preclinical setting

Senior Editor:

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Alex Sparreboom, PhD
The Ohio State University
Columbus, OH, USA

Associate Editors:

Jennifer S. Carew, PhD
University of Arizona
Tucson, AZ, USA

Jing Li, PhD
Wayne State University
Detroit, MI, USA

Sridhar Mani, MD
Albert Einstein College of Medicine
Bronx, NY, USA

Precision Medicine and Biomarkers:

Clinical or translational studies aimed at optimally matching patients to treatments, including biomarkers and resistance mechanisms

Senior Editor:

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Sarat Chandarlapaty, MD, PhD
Memorial Sloan Kettering
Cancer Center
New York, NY, USA

Associate Editors:

Arun A. Azad, PhD
Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre and Monash University
Melbourne, Australia

Rachael C. Natrajan, PhD
The Institute of Cancer Research
London, UK

Evis Sala, MD, PhD
University of Cambridge
Cambridge, UK

Clinical Research and Trials:

Studies involving patients that investigate the efficacy of novel screening strategies, therapeutics, combinations, or regimens in the setting of clinical investigation

Senior Editor:

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Eileen M. O’Reilly, MD
Memorial Sloan Kettering
Cancer Center
New York, NY, USA

Associate Editors:

R. Kate Kelley, MD
University of California, San Francisco
San Francisco, CA, USA

Qian Shi, PhD
Mayo Clinic
Rochester, MN, USA

Kohei Shitara, MD
National Cancer Center Hospital East
Kashiwa, Japan

Epidemiology and Prevention:

Population-level studies that investigate the genetic and environmental risk factors of cancer and their application in disease prevention and interception

Senior Editor:

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Joya Chandra, PhD
The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
Houston, TX, USA

Associate Editors:

Christopher Li, MD, PhD
Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
Seattle, WA, USA

Sophia S. Wang, PhD
City of Hope
Duarte, CA, USA

Health Disparities and Outcomes Research:

Studies that investigate the cause and impact of differences in patient group outcomes, cancer survivorship, and the development of health policy from individual or population-level perspectives with a focus on health disparities

Senior Editor:

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Melissa B. Davis, PhD
Weill Cornell Medicine
New York, NY, USA

Associate Editors:

Onyinye Balogun, MD
Weill Cornell Medicine
New York, NY, USA

Felina Cordova-Marks, MPH, DrPH
University of Arizona
Tucson, AZ, USA

Scarlett Lin Gomez, MPH, PhD
University of California, San Francisco
San Francisco, CA, USA